Winter weather is expected to continue impact North Central West Virginia area this week.  Snow, sleet, and ice may make it difficult and dangerous to get around. Winter storms are often followed by a brief thawing and then refreezing which creates icy roads, sidewalks, and parking lots if they are not properly treated.  Black ice, which forms when wet surfaces freeze, is particularly hazardous to pedestrians and drivers because surfaces appear to be merely wet, but are actually a treacherous sheet of ice.  People who are injured in weather related accidents on icy surfaces may be entitled to collect compensation for their injuries if a slip and fall accident or a car accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence.

Car Accidents

As evidenced by the recent car accidents on icy roads, winter weather creates extremely dangerous driving conditions. Icy road conditions led to accidents all across North Central West Virginia Monday evening. Some roads were shut down while crews cleared scenes or treated roads. The Monongalia County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency Facebook page is regularly updated with road closings.

With more winter weather expected to impact our region, we remind drivers to avoid travelling in icy conditions whenever possible.  If you must venture out in your car, drive slowly, carefully, and heed all emergency warnings.  Drivers must be extra vigilant during winter storms, and avoid all distractions, such as texting and talking on the phone while driving in the snow.  Victims who are injured in car accidents hat occur on icy roads may be entitled to collect compensation for their injuries from a liable driver.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners and managers of commercial properties including stores, malls, places of business, hotels, apartment buildings, and condominiums are required to maintain reasonably safe conditions to reduce the risk of accidental injury to visitors on their property.  This includes removing snow and ice hazards from walkways, sidewalks, and parking lots by shoveling, plowing, salting, or sanding.  If a slip and fall accident happens due to hazardous conditions that could have been foreseen and prevented, a property owner or manager may be liable for any injuries sustained as a result of their negligence.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a slip and fall or car accident that occurred in the snow or ice, you will need to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer with the knowledge and ability to successfully pursue your claim.  Establishing liability, particularly in multi-vehicle accidents, requires fine-tuned skills and attention to detail.  We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. For more information, call us toll-free at 1-888-860-1414, or visit our website.

 


by Colombo Law
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